Briggs Stanley Image 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1896

Briggs Stanley Image 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1896


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Stamford Hill born centre half Stanley Briggs of Tottenham Hotspur, typical of the 1890s amateur gentleman footballer, taken c.1895 or 1896. Apparently Briggs was one of the founders of Tottenham Hotspur and like many amateurs flitted around clubs playing where he could probably get a game between his other commitments. He also played for The Corinthians. He was evidently one of the better amateurs of the day though never played for England, although he did captain the first ever FA Tour to Germany and Austria in 1899, quite an honour.

He played 2 games in the Second Division for Woolwich Arsenal making his Football League debut against Rotherham Town in November 1893 and playing at Burton Swifts five days later, in between various spells appearing at Southern League Spurs and also he later appeared for Millwall Athletic, again in the Southern League at the time before his eventual retirement.  

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